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Peter de Menocal Climate & Ocean

WHOI scientists on warming atmosphere, weaker Gulf Stream

The warming atmosphere is causing an arm of the powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear

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This year marks the beginning of the United Nations' "Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development," a long-term effort to generate innovative solutions to our ocean's biggest problems.
(Photo by Amanda Kowalski, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Polar bear tracks lead away from a research encampment, where scientists test out an Arctic-adapted AUV REMUS, called "Icebot."
(Photo by Amy Kukulya, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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 An ocean network from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will give scientists a comprehensive view of the twilight zone, or mesopelagic, using several different technologies including moored buoys equipped with acoustic survey systems; a swarm of optical and geochemical sensors; and new fish-tracking tags that will continuously record the position of major predators such as sharks and tuna. All of these components will connect to the network’s buoys using acoustic signals underwater and an Iridium satellite link at the surface.
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Catching wind of Bigelow and Iselin's research cruise, the <em>Minneapolis Sunday Tribune</em> ran a page-one story in October, 1931, excitedly noting the scientists' mission to look for the lost city while surveying large currents in the North Atlantic. (Courtesy of WHOI Archives, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Research by CINAR Fellows in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems Science supports assessment and management of living marine resources in the Northeast U.S. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Danik Forsman testing Alvin’s new variable ballast pump.
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A oyster rake and basket sit on the edge of Little Buttermilk Bay on a misty morning in Buzzards Bay. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Most of the world’s fresh water is trapped in sheets of ice, thousands of miles from where we might wish it to be. WHOI researchers are now investigating the possibility of towing icebergs from Antarctica to water-staved places like Cape Town, South Africa. (Illustration by Tim Silva, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Snipe eel juvenile (Nemichthys scolopaceus). (Paul Caiger, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
DSV Alvin makes its initial descent. (Luis Lamar, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)